• Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (Atlantic) has been named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women’s Hall of Fame by the Women's Executive Network (WXN). Eleanor Chiu (Calgary) won the Organizational Diversity Award at the 22nd Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards. Agnes Di Leonardi (Toronto) received the Order of Canada, our country's highest civilian honour for service to the nation.  Honourary degrees were conferred on Kim Sturgess, Marie Delorme and Aritha van Herk (Calgary), who was also named to the Order of Canada.

    Mary D'Alton (Waterloo) was appointed Executive Director of the Cowan Foundation. Karen Furneaux (Atlantic), a three-time Olympian, was honoured by the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. Chris Hornberger (Atlantic) has received her Certified Executive Coach designation from Royal Roads University. Brenda Kenny (Calgary) is the new Board Chair of Alberta Innovates. Jane Klugman (Waterloo) is the first woman appointed as Honorary Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada. Kendra MacDonald (Atlantic) is the first CEO for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.

    Sheila O’Brien (Calgary) was appointed Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator.  Karen Redman (Waterloo) was elected chair of Waterloo Regional Council in October 2018. Mary Rozsa de Coquet (Calgary) was awarded the 2018 Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award. Janice Rubin (Toronto) won the Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Award at the Chambers Canada Awards.

    Michelle Savoy (Toronto) received the Dean’s Philos Award from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Kathy Sendall (Calgary) was named Lieutenant Colonel
    for the Alberta Military. Cathy Simpson (Atlantic) is the new board chair of New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.

    Barb Stegemann (Atlantic) was recently featured in WestJet Magazine about her social enterprise fragrance venture, 7 Virtues. Candace Thomas (Atlantic) has been included in the second edition of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian WomenJosephine Victoria Yam (Toronto) won the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award and is one of RBC’s
    Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.

    For more than two decades Monette Malewski (above middle) has been a part of IWF.  And IWF has been a part of her.  A history of involvement with Montreal (Canada’s oldest chapter) made her influential in IWF’s early growth across the country. She’s also served three back-to back 2-year mandates on the international board. IWF Canada created a Circle of Luminaries to honour members like Monette, who are deeply engaged nationally and internationally.  At the Miami conference in October, she was IWFC’s 2018 inductee in recognition of her tireless dedication and leadership in fundraising, governance, and mentorship
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  • Is your organization in a position to become a sponsor? Please contact Sharon (, Lisa ( or Bambina Marcello (

    The Dine-Around Committee is looking for 20 more locations. If your home is within a 20-minute radius of the Westin Harbour Castle or if you know of a private dining room within that vicinity, please contact Judi Cohen ( or Martha Russell ( For non-residents, there are creative ways you can host – a private club, a sister’s home, or even an Airbnb!

    For leads on Pop-Up Shops and Gift Bags please get in touch with Pat Tremaine  ( or Donna Harris (

    Conference Cookbook The conference committee is creating a cookbook that highlights Canadian cuisine as a gift for each delegate. Collecting the recipes, testing them, and compiling the book will have to happen quickly. We’re looking for six recipes per chapter to showcase local flavour. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share, or can you get a recipe from a renowned restaurateur (with photos)? To help, contact Sharon (, Karen Seward ( or Lisa (

    To get involved in any other way, don’t hesitate to contact Sharon or Lisa. Working together as Canadian members we can make this World Leadership Conference outstanding!

  • 08 Mar 2018 by Renee Levine

    Karen's book launch took place today at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.  Her book, Strong Beauty: Power Up the Champion Within, is available on Amazon in hard copy and Kindle at the following link:

    Strong Beauty: Power Up the Champion Within is an Olympic athlete’s journey to harness the POWER of self-belief and appreciate the beauty in us all.

    Karen's vision for this book is to reach many under-served communities to inspire young women to find their unique power, strength and voice.

  • 25 Sep 2017

    At this past summer's IWFC AGM (held in Montréal), Christine Bergevin (IWFC Montréal member) was introduced to Jackie King (IWFC Ottawa and IWFC National Board member) by
    Karen Kinsley (IWFC Ottawa). At Christine's urging, Jackie agreed to piut her name in for the appointment process for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  Jackie, a stellar candidate with terrific credentials from Hill & Knowlton, has now been appointed as COO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  

    On Sunday, September 24th at the Montréal chapter AGM, Martine Irman (IWFC Toronto) became Third Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Christine Bergevin became Chair.  Anne Marie Hubert (IWFC Montréal) who currently leads the Board of the Public Policy Forum and is a Director of the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, kindly agreed to co-lead the Board Task Force on Diversity.

    It's fair to say that IWF shakers and movers are at work! Congratulations to everyone.